Mac Maharaj

Joint Secretary: Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) 1991-1993
A former communist turned businessman, the former fellow prisoner of Nelson Mandela is now the official spokesperson of the current South African President.
During his imprisonment on Robben Island, he secretly transcribed Mandela’s memoir ‘Long Walk to Freedom’, somehow cramming what would be 600 typed pages on to 60 ultra-thin sheets. Prison guards discovered Mandela’s original copy and destroyed it but in 1976, Mac Maharaj smuggled a copy out of prison and began publicising it around the world.
He was a member of the ANC’s armed wing, for whom he worked underground, attempting to get the organisation’s leaders back into the country and was himself later elected to the National Executive Committee of the ANC.
After the country’s first free elections, Maharaj became democratic South Africa's first Minister of Transport. Now, as Presidential spokesperson, he is drawing on his years in opposition by calling for solutions to the 2012 industrial strikes to be politically based, and not simply police enforced.